There is a stagnant air to Tannehill these days, yet he is only a year removed from a healthy contract extension. He has thrown for 51 touchdowns with only 24 interceptions the last two seasons, but few people are fully convinced he's The Guy to get the Dolphins out of their post-Dan Marino rut.
This is an organization that has won six to eight games for seven straight years. In a topsy-turvy league, the consistency of Miami's mediocrity is hard to accomplish. Tannehill has reason to be unhappy with all the change around him. He's joining his third offensive system in five years. Tannehill felt that his last coach didn't truly believe in him, with good reason.
Laremy Tunsil's draft day nightmare was a dream for Tannehill; Miami picked up perhaps the draft's best lineman at No. 13 overall. It almost doesn't matter where Tunsil fits on the team's line. It will be a good problem if Branden Albert and Ja'Wuan James push Tunsil to guard. Dolphins head honcho Mike Tannenbaum also added running back Kenyan Drake and receiver Leonte Carroo in the third round before a few late-round, pass catching fliers.
The Dolphins haven't just supported Tannehill with meaningless public statements. They are doing it with action. They are trying to give him every chance to succeed, and it's up to Tannehill to make good on all that faith.
Tannehill was one of the veteran winners on draft weekend. Nine more players who enjoyed collateral benefits are below. 20 players who suffered collateral damage are right here.
1. Jay Ajayi, Dolphins running back: If he stays healthy, Ajayi's combination of power, aggression and passing-down acumen make him a high-ceiling fantasy pick. He got lucky this offseason when the Dolphins failed in multiple attempts to sign a veteran running back. Drake is a change-of-pace type who figures to slide behind Ajayi on the depth chart.
That's the good news. The bad news is Luck might have to put up 30 points per game like he did in 2014 to make up for a Colts defense sorely lacking plus players on its front seven.
3. Tony Romo, Cowboys quarterback:Ezekiel Elliott should keep the Cowboys balanced by limiting Romo's pass attempts. Romo also caught a break when the Cowboys failed in a bid to trade up for Paxton Lynch. That's about 4,000 awkward questions he won't have to answer over the next year with only Kellen Moore and fourth-round pick Dak Prescott behind him on the depth chart.
5. Brock Osweiler, Texans quarterback: Houston general manager Rick Smith and coach Bill O'Brien know their tenures in Houston will be judged largely on Osweiler's success. So they are doing everything they can to build him up, taking receivers in the first and third rounds -- Will Fuller and Braxton Miller. A center in the second round (Nick Martin) and a running back in the fourth (Tyler Ervin) kept up the offensive theme. Somewhere, Brian Hoyer is grumbling.
8. Russell Wilson, Seahawks quarterback: General manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll always evaluate draft prospects a little differently, so we aren't going to criticize their unsurprisingly out-of-left-field draft. This much is unquestionable: The Seahawks spent four of their first five picks to help Wilson. They could have landed two offensive line starters and two solid role players in tight end Nick Vannett and running back C.J. Prosise.
9. Mark Sanchez, Broncos quarterback: Sure, John Elway drafted Denver's quarterback of the future. But Lynch could have a steep learning curve coming out of Memphis and Sanchez doesn't have to beat out a veteran like Colin Kaepernick. Sanchez has a great chance to be the Week 1 starting quarterback for the defending Super Bowl champions. This has been a year of "This can't really be happening, can it?" moments in this country. Sanchez is happening.